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Key to remove hard drives

The hard drive has failed (I think), and I can not find the key needed to remove it from the machine.

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You can either pick or drill out the lock. I would recommend trying your lock picking skills first- there's nothing to lose! I use a small flat blade screw driver and a straightened out paper clip. (you can google how to pick a lock. The locks that use the round key can be picked easily too.)

Make sure the power is unplugged from the PC. If it is a slot keyhole you should be able to drill out the center usind a 1/4" drill bit. You can do something similar to the round keyhole locks also.

Good Luck!!

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